Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy January Great Pumpkin Day

I'm planning to follow the same format here at Cranberry and Co as I am doing at Rudolph Ramblings....I will be posting about what I am actually doing on Great Pumpkin Day.  I might  throw in some internet ideas here and there but I want it to be more personal.
It’s Haunted Plans month. This is the month to declutter and get your Autumn/Halloween notebook ready for a new year! Print out planner pages or organize your tear files. With Halloween followed quickly by Thanksgiving and Christmas sometimes the notebook/planner gets neglected. This is the month to get it in order and ready for a haunting new year.
Here are some photos and ideas from my own Halloween Notebook:

Here's my Halloween Notebook. I actually have a general autumn notebook also but this one is specific to Halloween.

The first section in the notebook is Great Pumpkin Day:

As you can see I have the dividers inside page protectors. I'm honestly NOT a big fan of page protectors so maybe as one of my GPD projects this year. I'll buy some dividers and glue the fancy picture dividers onto them! Behind this section are lists for GPD, craft ideas I might want to try, movies to watch etc.

Next is recipes....I really am not finding myself using this section much because I have recipe notebooks set up and most of them are in those but it's a great place to file pictures and recipes torn from magazines that I might want to try.

This is probably the section I love the most because every year we have an annual BOO BASH. Two years ago we hosted a Mystery Haunted Dinner and last year a Witch Hunt Dinner party. I'm not sure about 2013 yet.

Another section I don't really use much. I really need to develop it.

This is a great section to file ideas for party decorations and other ideas. You can also include an inventory list so you know what you already have.

Last is the Halloween Countdown section that includes all the sheets and lists for a six week countdown to Halloween. Some years I have followed it closely and others not so much but it is a GREAT way to be all ready for school parties and our annual Boo Bash.

Great Pumpkin Day List: Time to plan the year. Find some cute autumn paper and create a GPD list with some ideas to try each month.  (I'm starting this and will share more about it as we move forward into the year!)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cranberry Tuesday: Fall Recipe

It's Cranberry Tuesday and the last Tuesday of the Fall Recipe day!  So get a set of recipe cards or a notebook and start creating a fall recipe collection.  Fall is one of my favorite recipe times because you can start having some savory soups and the weather cools down enough to bake some delightful dishes!

Hamburger Crunch
2 lbs ground beef
1 Tablespoon of onion, minced
2 10 3/4 oz. cans of tomato soup
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups corn chips
8 oz package shredded Cheddar cheese
Brown hamburger and onion together in a large skillet over medium heat.; drain. Stir in soup and chili powder.  Spread in an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan and top with corn chips.  Baked uncovered at 350 degrees for 20- 25 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Serves 6-8
Hope you enjoy the recipe....and its still cool enough here to give it a whirl right now!
See you next Tuesday for another Cranberry Tuesday post!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cranberry Tuesdays

It's time to jazz up Cranberry and Company and move us into 2013....As many of you know this blog used to be just for Great Pumpkin Day but then I decided to encorporate my MHH blog Cranberry and Company into this blog.  All the fall favorites in one spot...Halloween, Thanksgiving and any fall festivities!
Sometimes it's hard blogging about autumn ALL year round, thus I have had sporadic as I reflected on it I decided to keep to the idea of posting every Great Pumpkin Day but also to add an additional weekly posting. I'll try my best to keep on track with it!  I thought of lots of possibilities...Spooky Saturday, Terrifying Tuesday...but I wanted it to be WIDE OPEN...not just Halloween related. So I decided on Cranberry Tuesday.  So watch this blog every Tuesday for a new post!  I hope you enjoy what I feature. Another change I want to make is to blog more often about things I actually do and make. There are so many great things on the web and featuring them is great fun BUT personally I grow more if I make myself more personally involved in the projects, recipes, and ideas I present.
So I'll see you on Tuesday....Cranberry Tuesday that is with the first weekly feature~!